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cautious, concerned about the economy and the gridlock in congress over the fiscal cliff. >> they're going to be pulling back a little because they don't know what to expect for 2013 and they want to remain cautious as we move forward into the next year. >> kristen dahlgren reporting. congress returns to work this weekend, stim facing that so-called fiscal cliff. if a deal can't be reached by january 1st, americans would face half a trillion dollars more than in taxes next year. that's coupled with $100 billion in cuts to domestic and defense spending. since the reagan era, most republicans have pledged not to raise taxes. but as nbc's mike viqueira reports, there are some signs of flexibility on both sides of the aisle. >> reporter: it's a pledge almost all republicans have signed, to oppose tax increases of any kind. that once solid wall was showing cracks. >>> the pledge you saw 18 years ago, 20 years ago was for that congress. the world has changed and the economic situation is different. >> reporter: but republicans insist in return for defying party doctrine, democrats must agree to
a year-end fiscal cliff. yesterday the white house took a hard line insisting tax rates have to rise on the rich and warning that anymore delay on the deal could ruin consumer confidence and hurt holiday retail sales. nbc's tracie potts joins us from washington with the details. tracie, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, lynn. today we'll see a continued push by the white house. in fact, for the rest of this week, new details released this morning, still pushing for those taxes on the rich. meantime, here on capitol hill we're seeing some small signs of compromise. today president obama meets with small business leaders continuing his push for higher taxes for the wealthy. a new xhous economic report warns if tax breaks go away, the average middle class family will owe uncle sam another $2200 next year. >> it seems to be the thing we can agree on, that middle class families should see an extension of these tax cuts. >> reporter: some prominent republicans dead set against raising taxes on anyone now hint they may consider other options. >> we've been open to revenue by closing
to talk about averting the tax hikes and budget cuts from the so-called fiscal cliff. the president met with small business owners yesterday to talk about the effect on their companies from taxes and other changes. and right now congress is stalled over finding a solution as democrats demand higher taxes for high wage earners while republicans want cuts to entitlement programs. >>> elsewhere on the hill, u.n. ambassador susan rice spent her day behind closed doors explaining statements she made back in september about those deadly attacks on the u.s. consulate in libya. her defense failed to convince her republican critics. nbc's tracie potts is on capitol hill with more on this. tracie, good morning to you. >> lynn, good morning. rice admitted that when she said the ambassador and three others who were killed were the result of spontaneous attacks, the information was partially wrong. as she has done before, in a statement after her meeting, she blamed it on bad intelligence information, talking points where references to al queda had been taken out according to sources and attacked ch
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